After months of build-up between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington, the payoff came Saturday night at UFC 245. A spirited war from both men, with scores looking wildly different heading into the fifth and final round. Three rounds to welterweight champ Usman. Three to brash challenger Covington. A split.
The Nigerian Nightmare earned a fifth round TKO. That win likely won’t silence the trash-talking persona that Covington has crafted, stepping on all sorts of toes in the process. But it will at least give Usman some closure.
“It’s good to move past all of that,” Usman told media outlets. “I’m going to be honest, this is what kept me sane all six, seven months, when I knew this fight was going to happen. This is what kept me sane, this moment right here, after the fight. That’s what I looked forward to. This is the addictive moment, this is what keeps me doing this.”
“There was a lot. There was a lot emotionally, a lot that he said,” continued Usman. “This one’s for the world. This one is for the people of Brazil. This one is for my former manager. This one is for my family. This one’s for my manager, and my recent manager. This one is for everybody.”
“When you push hate, when you push separation, love and unity does win sometimes. And tonight it won,” Usman added rather poetically.
Recall that Nigerian-British boxer, Anthony Joshua has defeated defending champion, Andy Ruiz Jr to reclaim the world heavyweight titles he lost in June this year.
Joshua won by unanimous decision as the three judges gave him the fight.
Two cards have it 118-110, while the other scored the fight 119-109 – but all three judges were in favour of Anthony Joshua.
The fight saw Joshua reclaim the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world titles in front of 15,000-capacity Diriyah Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.